As its name implies, Welcome Mat Elite presents a friendly, supportive atmosphere for getting in shape and learning the martial arts. Fittingly, the training center lacks the machismo and vicious henchmen often found in globogyms and chain dojos. The coaches bring to the mat a wealth of championships, belts, and professional experience. On a mission to instruct?never to showboat?they help students build their bodies and minds with everything from the wholesome after-school education of kids' kodokan judo to the light weight work and circuit-training techniques of boxing strength training.
The academy's curriculum focuses on functional strength and useful self-defense strategies gained through shingitai jujitsu's three-fold regimen of mental and emotional maturity, technical skill, and physical fitness. Whether they're practicing throws and ground-fighting moves during friendly grappling contests or sweating and kicking during cardio boot-camp classes, students at Welcome Mat constantly challenge themselves to be better both in body and mind.
Brickhouse Cardio Club is a rapidly expanding chain of women-centered fitness facilities, each with a welcoming atmosphere of comfort and support. Brickhouse shakes up the standard exercise experience with fun workouts that torch calories and send stress packing. Instructors make a personal investment in students, reviewing their health histories and setting reachable fitness goals in one-on-one sessions.
Classes run like clockwork and the floors are specially designed to be easy on the joints. Most important, the sound system rocks, adding extra energy to an array of dance-oriented classes. In addition to Zumba, Brickhouse offers unique exercise hybrids such as PiYo (Pilates and yoga), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet).
The crew at G.R.I.T.T. Fitness LLC welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come train at its gym. The weight room crosses fitness disciplines to provide clients with a diverse array of equipment including kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands, free weights, a squat rack, and a dead-lift rack. Adjacent to the weight room, a yoga room welcomes multiple modalities of yoga and tai chi. G.R.I.T.T.’s trainers specialize in personal and group training, and each program includes a custom-tailored workout routine designed around each client’s unique goals and current health.
Motivated by peer power and the intense instruction of an expert trainer, students shape up with a series of high-impact routines. A mixture of running drills, plyometrics, strength training, and fitness games keeps the program from getting dull. Borrowing from the techniques of firemen, Valeo stresses the benefits of teamwork and group participation. Groups meet at the Lakewood Middle School, Thomas Stoll Park, or Barry Platte Park. View a schedule for upcoming programs here.
Whether clients want to change the way they look, live healthier, or recover from an injury, Experience Fitness's nationally certified trainers work tirelessly to aid them in their transformations. In addition to personal-training sessions, they specialize in small-group training, all of which are geared toward each person's goals and informed by comprehensive fitness exams and a health-history analysis.
Within the bright-blue confines of the gym, the trainers also lead group classes such as Fight Fit, a high-intensity martial-arts and boxing-inspired workout. In boot-camp sessions, they call upon everything from TRX suspension bands to kickboxing bags to keep bodies from getting bored and wandering off midworkout. Their Kid Fit classes use age-appropriate approaches to help kids as young as 6 years old kindle a lifelong love for fitness.
O-Lifting Advantage founder and head training coach Anna Martin has competed in Olympic Weightlifting events for more than 17 years, performing feats of strength that earned her a collegiate national championship in 2005. As a coach, she has worked with more than 30 national champions as well as numerous athletes at Oklahoma State University and Tulane University. This experience comes in handy in O-Lifting fitness classes, during which Martin sweats alongside students as she showcases a variety of Olympic-style exercise techniques. Strength and conditioning classes get participants in shape for a variety of sports, while Extreme Fit boot camp sessions combine cardio and weight-lifting exercises.